Community absent from CC-C superintendent meeting

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 10:50 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012

CARSON CITY — The Carson City-Crystal Board of Education is seeking a new superintendent and offered a community meeting Thursday night to hear thoughts and opinions of  local residents of what skills and qualities the next school leader should have.

However, no one attended the meeting.

Carl Hartman, a representative from North Star Staffing, the overseeing company for the superintendent search, was on hand to take input from community members. He had previously met with the board, staff and support staff.

“The process is basically that I attempt to get input on what characteristics and qualities people are looking for in a superintendent,” said Hartman, who served as superintendent for Lakeview Community Schools in the mid-1980s. “I put the information into a report to present to the board, and then work alongside them to help find a person who matches most of those qualities.”

Hartman said applications will be accepted until April 20 with the board surveying the applications on April 30. A tentative schedule is for the first round of interviews to be May 7 through 10. If necessary, second interviews are slated for May 14 and 15.

“Hopefully, the board can make an offer by May 21, and with a small transition time, have the new superintendent on board by July 1,” he said.

The new hire will replace Interim Superintendent Duane Ellis.

Hartman said he had requested board members not to attend the meeting.

“I have learned people feel more free to talk if the board members are not present,” Hartman said,, “The flip side of this is that usually when a lot of people show up for meetings like these, it means the district has a lot of turmoil. Usually when there is poor turn-out, it shows the public trusts what decisions the board is making.”

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